Alcohol is one of the most abused substances in the United States. It seems like its everywhere and inescapable. From restaurants to theme parks, alcohol has closely become intertwined with many of life’s settings and occasions. With its widespread availability and social acceptance, many people find themselves having problems with alcohol before they realize it. Here is some information to help assess if you have an alcohol problem.
How much drinking is considered a “problem”?
This varies greatly and is different for each individual. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), “heavy” use is when drinking goes above the following:
• For men, more than 4 drinks in a day AND 14 drinks in one week
• For women, more than 3 drinks in a day AND 7 drinks in one week
Are those amounts the only indicators of an alcohol problem?
The amounts above are statistical averages nationwide but are not the only indicators of alcohol problems. Ask yourself:
• Have you tried cutting down or stopping drinking but couldn’t?
• Do you have urges to drink?
• Do you feel that you always have to have some alcohol stocked in the house?
• Has your work/home/school responsibilities been affected because of your drinking?
• Do you have to drink more and more to get the same effects?
• Do you feel you can’t have a good time or feel normal without drinking?
• Do your friends and family members comment about your drinking?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may have a problem with alcohol. It is important to contact a professional for help with alcohol problems before it is too late!
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